With the Phillies in town visiting Fenway for the first time in three years, it’s no surprise that some Jonathan Papelbon-related headlines are surfacing in the Boston media. After all, he did save 219 games over seven seasons with the Red Sox before signing with Philadelphia in 2012.
But what is surprising is that, despite listing the Sox as one of the eight teams on his no-trade list as a part of the deal he signed with Philly, Papelbon says he would never rule out a return to his former club in the future.
“Yeah, I could see myself in Boston,” Pap told WEEI.com on Monday. “I could see myself pitching in New York. You know me. I’ve always been the kind of guy who … I don’t really just settle, or accept things. Whatever happens in my future is going to happen. I’m not blind to that fact.”
The 32-year old Papelbon also said that he was happy in Philadelphia and would have no problem staying there.
Despite the Red Sox’ struggles to find a consistent closer since Pap bolted town for the biggest paycheck, I’m still fairly sure a reunion between the two parties is unlikely. Papelbon seemed to wear out his welcome towards the end of his run here in Boston, and I think fans here still have a bitter taste in their mouths from when he said that Phillies fans were smarter than Sox fans.
But, hey, maybe that’s just me.